By Kelley Wake & Caelyn Woolward
Elizabeth Adeney is set to become UK’s oldest mother at the age of 66. The British business woman, who is currently eight months pregnant, underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
The treatment, which cost Adeney $15 300 (R129 132), had to be done in Ukraine, as British regulations do not allow IVF treatment for women over the age of 50 because of health concerns. Critics are concerned as Adeney is a divorcee and still works a five day week as a factory boss. The Lidgate resident responded by saying, “I don’t have to defend what I’ve done. It’s between me, my baby and no one else.”
A 74 year old Italian mother, Rosanna Della Corte, gave birth to a son 11 years ago.
At the time she was the oldest mother on record, being 63 years old. She now, however, criticises Adeney saying, “If a child reaches 20 then she will be 86-years-old and I think there is a big difference between being 83 and 86.” With the development of technology, there has been an increase in the number of women having fertility treatment over the age of 50, despite the health risks.